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Permanently Closed - MK The Restaurant

4.5
3320 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
Perfect For:
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Notable Wine List

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About

This restaurant is permanently closed. mk recently celebrated 18 years of casual fine dining with unrivaled hospitality. With classical technique and Italian and French influences leading the kitchen, mk’s dishes feature locally sourced foods complemented by an extensive, globally procured wine list curated. The dining room offers comfort and familiarity in a fine-dining context, and the attentive staff ensure guests are both genuinely taken care of and emotionally moved by their dining experience

Come in and experience for yourself why Food & Wine magazine said,“Windy City diners are blown away by mk."
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
American, Italian, French
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Hours of operation
Dinner Served Nightly Beginning at 5:30pm.
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Phone number
(312) 482-9179
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Erick Williams
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Catering
mk is considered one of the "50 Hottest Restaurants in the World,” according to Condé Nast Traveler and can suit your needs to any private dining event large or small. The private dining room is perfect for an intimate dinner or a large cocktail party for 60 people. mk’s chefs and staff can also prepare a special dinner for you at your home. Our staff can also help pair the perfect wines for your event. We can also coordinate all the details from menus to flowers.



Contact Kate Gaddi, private dining coordinator:(312)255-9179 kgaddi@mkchicago.com
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Cross street
Chestnut
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Parking details
Street parking is also available.
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Public transit
Chicago (Brown Line)
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Special events & promotions
mk is perfect for special dining events of any occasion or size whether it’s a private dinner for a dozen people, a large dinner for 50 or a cocktail party for 60. The sophisticated dining room is located on the second floor overlooking the city’s spectacular views.



If your plans include more than 50 people, mk’s main dining room is perfect for a lunch or evening event. Evening events are subject to a food and beverage minimum. mk’s staff can help pair the perfect wine with each course. Event planner Kate will coordinate any flower arrangements, AV and sound equipment as well as special food and wine menus for your event.



mk can also come to you! Call us about the possibility of our chef and staff preparing an intimate dinner to suit your needs and tastes.



Contact Kate Gaddi, private dining coordinator:(312)255-9179 kgaddi@mkchicago.com
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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2.0Dined on June 11, 2017

Sadly, we were very disappointed. Our party of four was seated 30 minutes after our reservation, although half the tables were open. Our daughter was becoming hypoglycemic so we immediately ordered several appetizers that were quickly eaten. We then ordered a second octopus appetizer that arrived with half the previous order (the first was small with only three pieces). The several of the main courses seemed overpriced for the portion size, after two of us had to change our orders because our first choice was sold out (it was only 7:30 pm). We were uncomfortably warm during the entire evening as the air conditioning was barely working with the temp over 90 outside. The dining room was lovely but the piped in 70's pop rock music was incongruous with the fine dining experience and decor. Our server was gracious and helpful to ensure that our food intolerances were accommodated. The evening was saved by several lovely desserts. We were celebrating our daughter's doctoral graduation but the experience was our worst ever that we've had for a fine dining restaurant. After much research for a special occasion restaurant (we are from the Pacific NW), we had high expectations for mk--it was a terrible evening and I feel compelled to be honest, as this is the first time that I've written a bad review.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2017

MK is one of our favorites and we go there whenever in Chicago. Unfortunately they will be closing soon after an 18 year run. Glad we had one more outstanding dining experience before the doors are shuttered. Best of luck to the MK team.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2017

Unfortunately for Chicago, this restaurant is closing after 18 years and it's not because it lacks popularity. Glad we could experience the great food, atmosphere and service one last time. Our best to the staff and God Bless.

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5.0Dined on June 4, 2017

Great every time I eat here. Would definitely recommend.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Every meal I have had at MK over the last 6 years has been outstanding. Never disappointed. Staff can easily accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences. Great atmosphere for conversation. Very special place.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Can't believe it's closed. Such a shame.

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3.0Dined on June 3, 2017

We have been going to MK for our wedding anniversary for the past 5-6 years. We have gone back each year because of the food, service, and the fact that, while fancy and fit for a special occasion, it never felt pretentious. We went for our 7 year anniversary last weekend and we both left a little sad and disappointed. There were a few changes that have been made since last year when we came and we did not feel those were for the better - and maybe it was an off night too with the service and the heat. One of things I'm completely a sucker for is when they used to give us our own menu with "happy anniversary" written on the top, as well as usually written on our dessert and we had received wishes from the hostess and our waiter (one year even a $25 gc to use on our next visit!). This year, the only person that said it (and was very sweet) was the woman who took us to our table. Second, the bread. Their focaccia bread is delicious and we would always get excited to look at the (free) bread basket and pick our favorites (sometimes a couple times!). Now it costs $7 for 4 pieces of focaccia bread and some radishes. Look, we can afford the $7 and we did of course order it because we love it. But it's a really hard sell to long-time customers that what they once offered for free is now $7. If you're going to make that decision in order to get more money or whatever, maybe just make it $3-$4 - or give a lot of bread and make it worth $7! Then my salmon was such a small piece. I have also ordered that before and it felt like it was half the size, and it took forever (which our waiter had warned us they were behind), but it wasn't exactly what I was hoping for!

Overall, the food as always was delicious. But where we used to leave feeling special, a little pampered, and money well spent, this time we left with disappointment. I would suggest management take a revised look at the changes they have implemented. I want to go back next year, but not sure we will.

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2017

Great dinner- food and service were impeccable as always!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Chicago. The food is always fabulous, the wine list is comprehensive, and the waitstaff is incredibly attentive and friendly. We have a pied-à-terre in the Gold Coast and always book a table at MK when we're in town.

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1.0Dined on May 27, 2017

This is one of our favorite restaurants in the city. We have been there multiple times and never disappointed. The truffle fries are to die for! Those are a must. All around good value for the quality. I have recommended to friends and they are never disappointed either. A staple in Chicago.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

I love the atmosphere of this restaurant: upscale without pretension. We recently stopped by prior to a theatre performance, and the service was quick and attentive. We ordered the risotto and hanger steak. The risotto was light and tasty and prepared to the right level of al dante. The hanger steak was flavorful, tender and prepared well with a red-wine sauce and blue cheese. We are never disappointed with this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2017

The food and service were impeccable.
We had the pre fixe menu, and every course was delicious . I would go back for a special occasion.

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4.0Dined on May 24, 2017

Food was well prepared but I was disappointed they no longer served their fine breads with the meal. Instead if you wanted bread, you had to pay seven extra dollars.. Pretty cheap if you ask me.

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3.0Dined on May 21, 2017

Food was good but I had a better memory of previous dinners... I didn't like very much some mix of flavours: I prefer cleaner dishes where the main food flavour is not hidden by sauces or too flavoury vegetables.
The service was very good, the overall experience good. Nice place where to dine.

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2017

Great dining experience. Loved the food and the staff we're awesome!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Never a question of Food Quality, Innovative Presentations: Wine List is exceptional. A great place for personal dining, excellent for business dining; Service is the best bar none in Chicago or any city for that matter.

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4.0Dined on May 19, 2017

MK is always a treat! We all enjoyed every bite and sip!

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2017

Excellent food, beautiful ambiance, delightful waitress (Claudia).

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4.0Dined on May 18, 2017

Tasty food, as always. Most importantly, these days MK is one of the few places where one can actually have a conversation without having to shout.

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3.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Mediocre meals at best. Tables are everywhere and no room between Literally, tables are in the hallways. Very noisy.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Dinner with friends we had not seen in 10 years. The restaurant was highly rated and deserves it! Service was attentive and allowed us to linger and we never felt rushed and allowed us to have long conversations. We shared small plates for starters. The bison entrée was perfectly cooked.

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Birthday celebration! Wonderful evening.

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2.0Dined on May 6, 2017

Salmon was dry. Had to ask the server for some sauce to put on it. Server unfriendly. Nice decore. Small menu. Would not rush back.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

We very much enjoyed MK. It was not our first time and it certainly will not be our last. Excellent menu, ambiance, & service.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Had no clue First Dates was filmed here. Saw the chef on the Today show and booked right away. Food was excellent and the waitress extremely friendly and on top of it!

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Perfect in every way. Wait staff very attentive. Personalized dining experience. Food was delicious. Great plus was the quiet atmosphere so we were able to have great conversations around the table.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Terrific value! Three of us selected the tasting menue and the other chose from the larger menu. All of us considered the food exceptional. The service was impeccable. A month ago we dined at one of the most expensive restaurants in Chicago, and while that experience was most satisfying, our experience at MK cost us a bit less than half the other. We cannot say that we enjoyed MK any less than the more expensive restaurant. So that's why we rave, "Terrific value!" Certainly we will return.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2017

MK was recommended by an acquaintance who had lived in Chicago. The service was great, food was excellent & the wine was enjoyed by our group of 4 ladies.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2017

My husband and I had 'date night' at MK, when we were both in Chicago. It was nice to be greeted, by name, as we arrived. Great cocktails followed by a wonderful dinner. We both had the bison and it was cooked exactly as we asked. The wine pairing, suggested by our sommelier Jenn, was terrific, who remembered us from our previous visit, over a year ago!

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Love the food and service at MK! Outstanding place!

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3.0Dined on April 22, 2017

Unlike the previous visit, the food was mediocre --- a disappointment.

But my biggest complaint is that this was the second time that the hostess tried to put us at one of two tables next to the restrooms. And when we asked for a different table, we were grudgingly seated on the second floor in the noisiest spot in the restaurant and in a cramped booth. It is not as if the restaurant was fully occupied, nor were we were walk-ins. WE had made a reservation more than a week in advance.

There is too much competition out there for the management to pay so little attention to its customers.

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4.0Dined on April 20, 2017

Everything's good

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2017

I have been coming to MK for at least five years, maybe more. It is hands down my husband's and my favorite restaurant. The food is consistently delicious and interesting. We find ourselves regularly ordering menu items outside our usual comforts because we know that it will be delicious. On our most recent visit, we ordered from the tasting menu and EVERY. SINGLE. DISH was amazing.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

4 of us had the tasting menu. Each course was delicious and more than enough food the value was great. We all loved every bite and the entire experience.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2017

the food was great and I would come back for the food. I thought that bread was absolutely out of this world and would come back just for that. However, I noticed everyone getting bread so I asked if we could have some bread and she said it was an appetizer on the menu, so I ordered. The waitress knew it was our first time at MK and should of suggested it. I mean she was nice enough and everything but really not that attentive.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2017

The food and service is amazing but the restaurant seems dated and could use a little sprucing to match the creative menu!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2017

This place was recommended to us by our friend to visit for our trip to Chicago. Food was very good but limited choice for our kids to select. The service was fantastic and of course you have to try their famous chocolate cake.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2017

food was good but the service was terrible. waited over an hour for main course

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2017

MK has been one of our favorites. This restaurant works on all fronts: decor, ambience, service, food, wine-they have it figured out.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2017

Always great

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